Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Plano, TX
What Is a Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction surgery can be performed to restore one or both of the breasts to an attractive size, shape, and appearance following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. It is also used to reconstruct a breast damaged by trauma or a birth defect. Dr. Jaime Haidenberg and Dr. Natan Yaker are skilled Plano, TX breast reconstruction surgeons, taking great pride in providing women with natural-looking results. The goal of our surgeons is to ensure you are healthy, happy, and whole again by creating a personalized surgical plan to restore your physical appearance and confidence. This surgery can include several procedures and different stages that may be performed at the same time as your cancer treatment or delayed until a later date. To learn more, set up a consult at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of Texas.
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How Does Breast Reconstruction Work?
There are also many factors that Dr. Haidenberg and Dr. Yaker look at when deciding on the technique that will give you the best results. A few of these factors include your specific cancer diagnosis, when the reconstruction is performed, whether you will use natural tissue or implants, and if nipple-sparing or nipple reconstruction is a part of the treatment plan. These are some of the breast reconstruction techniques:
- Breast Reconstruction With Implants:
Breast reconstruction using silicone or saline implants is a common approach that generally starts with the use of a tissue expander to help form a suitable pocket for an implant. Over the course of several months, the expander will slowly be enlarged. During the scheduled reconstruction surgery, the expanders are removed and replaced with permanent implants.
- Autologous Reconstruction (Flap Surgery):
In order to recreate the breast, you must have enough tissue to adequately cover the breast mound. Flap techniques accomplish this by using your own skin, fat, and muscle to build and cover the breast. The TRAM flap, the DIEP flap, and SIEA flap techniques involve taking skin and fat from the abdomen and relocating it to the breast. The latissimus dorsi flap is another common method using tissue from the patient’s back.
- Nipple/Areola Restoration:
During a mastectomy, the nipple and areola often cannot be saved. However, reconstruction techniques have advanced greatly, allowing us the opportunity to recreate these areas of the breast to give a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance. In a separate procedure, the nipple is created using existing breast skin or flap surgery. The areola is recreated with a skin graft taken from the thigh, abdomen, or back.
What Are Things to Consider Before Having Breast Reconstruction?
During the first consultation in our Plano, TX office to discuss breast reconstruction surgery, it is important for you to disclose where you are in the cancer treatment process and which breast cancer surgeon you have been working with. Dr. Haidenberg and Dr. Yaker will need you to provide any necessary pathology reports. The reconstruction process may take place in multiple steps if the breast tissue needs to be stretched to make room for implants. This initial consult will help guide the reconstruction process, so you will end up with a restored breast that is the size, shape, and look you want.
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Dr. Yaker, For the first time in my whole life I am proud of my breasts. I never believed this could happen…and at your hands it did. Thank you for everything! Sincerely, J.W.
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What Can I Expect During and After Surgery?
Breast reconstruction surgery at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of Texas is performed in several stages. During some phases (like creating a flap, tissue expansion, or implant placement), general anesthesia is typically used. Some patients may require an overnight stay — this is dependent on the actual phase of treatment. Once the last step has been completed in the breast reconstruction process, you should wear a medical support bra, and you will be given medication by Dr. Haidenberg or Dr. Yaker to minimize discomfort, bleeding, and swelling. In time, the breast(s) should look more normal, and you will feel more comfortable. Regular checks with mammograms and breast exams are essential and highly recommended to assess for any new cancerous growths.
What Is the Expected Cost of a Breast Reconstruction?
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1997 has made it possible for many women to undergo breast reconstruction surgery without the burden of a high financial cost. The act states that insurance companies and managed care organizations are required to pay for breast reconstruction for women who have had a mastectomy. Our Plano, TX office will work with your insurance to understand exactly what the coverage will be in order to provide you with a cost estimate.
Breast Reconstruction FAQs
Do I need a qualified surgeon?
Breast reconstruction is a very specialized surgery that requires extensive knowledge, skill, and experience. It is very important to research and find a qualified and reputable plastic surgeon, like Dr. Haidenberg or Dr. Yaker, who has experience with breast reconstruction surgery. We invite you to call our Plano, TX office to set up a consultation with us today.
Can I delay this surgery?
In many situations, it is recommended to start the reconstruction process at the same time as the mastectomy. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your breast cancer surgeon start communicating with Dr. Haidenberg or Dr. Yaker about the steps that will follow. An advantage of doing the procedure right away is waking up from your mastectomy surgery with the reconstruction process in place. The soft tissue that surrounds the breast will heal simultaneously with the reconstruction, which can enhance the final results.
Do reconstructed breasts have sensation?
A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation as the breast did before the mastectomy. However, over time, some of this sensation will return to normal. This will depend on the extent of the reconstruction process performed at Cosmetic Surgery Associates of Texas and will vary by patient.